“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” (Lamentations 3:21-23, 25)
Worry is a waste of time and energy. It produces nothing but more worry until the worry consumes us. For those of us with chronic illness we often have many legitimate things we worry about; medical bills, family needs, constant pain, and we feel helpless as we face our future. The irony of this is that worry accomplishes nothing, and can actually harm our health even more.
But we do have hope! “Because of the Lords great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”
I will admit to worrying lately. I have been sick for over a month with sinus infection and many kidney stones with a kidney infection. As soon as the antibiotic is gone, the infection blooms right back. My pain is bigger, and my strength is weaker. Am I going to be able to shake this off? Will this make me weaker permanently? I pray, then later find myself worrying again.
I am a morning person. I often cannot stay in bed past 6 AM. Last week I was sipping my coffee and praying, but I was restless in my worrying. I began opening the curtains in our country home for my cat to look out the window. The sun was just beginning to lighten the sky and sunbeams shone down through the white fluffy clouds. There was just a slip of a fog flowing through our valley between the hills.
In our backyard I saw four bunnies, two of them were little babies with their ears bigger than their little bodies. There were cardinals, chickadees, sparrows, tufted titmouse, yellow finches with their bright colors, and house finches with their subdued red color on their chests. All of the birds were sharing the feeders, and eating seeds and food on the ground. Past our yard and up on a hill I saw two deer standing and watching.
I gave my worry to the creator of the dawn! The compassion of the Lord will never fail. His faithfulness is wonderful, majestic, true, and new every morning!
Prayer: Lord, I repent of my worry. I give myself to you every morning. I will trust in Your faithfulness, put my hope in You, and seek You every morning. Amen.
About the Author:
Sandra is a minister’s wife, and mother of two adult kids. She enjoys living in the hills of rural Southern Indiana. She has written devotionals for Rest Ministries for many years and enjoys the friendship and fellowship. She has multiple chronic illnesses and two years ago was confined to a wheelchair. She enjoys cross stitching, baking, and being involved in the life of a pastorate.
Many years ago a friend counseled me to write down all of the things I was worried about. Then I was to set it on my desk with my Bible, and I would be able to slowly get used to leaving my cares with Him as I go to sleep. I have taken than exercise to the point where I list things in my journal and pray about them, and then I put the date of answered prayer in red ink. I challenge you to list your worries and give them to God, watch Him work when you let go.
Can we ever get tired of hearing “Great is Thy Faithfulness?” We don’t think so. This is a beautiful video with the amazing voice of CeCe Winans. It will touch your heart.